New Broadcom chips should mean budget 4G smartphones are coming
Tech NewsUp until now, 4G LTE compatibility has been the reserve of the high-end of the smartphone and tablet world but new hardware from Broadcam is set change all that.
Broadcom has introduced a turnkey reference platform designed to help OEMs rapidly develop a portfolio of affordable 4G LTE mobile devices. This new platform is targeted at the rapidly growing sub $300 LTE smartphone market
Broadcom's fifth generation turnkey platform supports Android KitKat (4.4) and uses the company's pin-to-pin compatible dual-core M320 or upcoming quad-core M340 LTE SoC and promises “best-in-class connectivity and location technology.”
"The new Broadcom turnkey design will help accelerate the adoption of LTE worldwide and make high-performance, yet affordable devices available to the broader market."
The company says that with complete design reuse between dual-core and quad-core basebands, manufacturers can develop multiple devices with the same platform design while lowering engineering costs and accelerating time to market.
"We project that the LTE baseband market will register about 64 percent year-on-year growth in 2014 to reach over 500 million units," said Sravan Kundojjala, Senior Analyst, Handset Component Technologies service at Strategy Analytics. "Broadcom is one of the only players with a mature carrier-ready multimode LTE SoC, the engineering expertise and the worldwide scale required to deploy complete LTE platforms. The new Broadcom turnkey design will help accelerate the adoption of LTE worldwide and make high-performance, yet affordable devices available to the broader market."
Broadcom's M320 LTE SoC is in production now and the company will be showing more come the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, February 24-27.
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